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vegan pepperoni sliced on cutting board with cheese and crackers ready for pizza or charcuterie platter

The Best Vegan Pepperoni (Seitan Pepperoni)

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  • Author: Verna
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Make the vegan pepperoni pizza of your dreams with layers of ​​The Best Vegan Pepperoni (Seitan Pepperoni) on top. Easy to make in a steamer basket, Instant Pot, or oven, this tasty homemade vegan pepperoni tastes just like the real thing!


  • 1/2 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained well
  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1 teaspoon vegetarian no beef bouillon

  • 3 tablespoons tamari (see notes*)

  • 3 tablespoons ketchup

  • 2 tablespoons oil

  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke

  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast

  •  1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic (powder)

  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 cup vital wheat gluten


  1. Pour dough onto the counter and knead for 2 minutes. You will see strands forming in gluten and the dough will get tougher which is good. We want the pepperoni to be chewy.  

  2. Divide the seitan dough into two pieces and form into log shapes, approx 2 x 7 inches or so. Does not have to look perfect, once steamed the dough expands to fit snugly in foil. 

  3. Wrap each pepperoni log tightly in foil, rolling it up tootsie roll style and twisting the ends (wrap in parchment first if you do not want foil to touch the food)

  4. Steam: Place in a steamer basket of steamer pot, cover and steam for 45 minutes flipping halfway through. Add water if needed.

  5. Serve: Place on the counter and let cool in foil for a few minutes before unwrapping. Cool completely then wrap and store in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight for firmer texture. Slice and enjoy! Can serve right away but won't be as firm. For instant pot and oven method see notes section* For FAQ, Tips, suggestions and more see above post.


  • Feel free to adjust spices, add more red pepper flakes for more heat, could add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper also
  • Tamari: for a brighter flavour sub 1 tablespoon of the tamari for balsamic vinegar or vegan Worcestershire sauce.
  • If using for pizza, oil the pieces of pepperoni lightly first before placing on pizza so they don't dry out
  • Instant pot method: add 1 and 1/2 cups water to instant pot, place wrapped pepperoni logs on trivet and cook high pressure for 30 minutes. Quick release
  • Oven method: Preheat oven to 325° place wrapped pepperoni on baking sheet and cook for 60 minutes flipping halfway through.
  • To store and freeze: will keep covered in fridge for up to 5 days and freezes well
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 Minutes
  • Category: Snacks & Sides
  • Method: Stovetop, Instant pot or oven
  • Cuisine: American, Canadian, Italian